Greeley's Conquest opened a three-length lead in the stretch and held on to win the $200,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup (VIDEO) on the night of Aug. 22 at the Oklahoma City track.
Ridden by Jamie Theriot, Greeley's Conquest defeated Sing Baby Sing by a half-length, with Ravalo finishing a head farther back in third. Ez Dreamer, the 5-2 favorite in the field of seven, faded to sixth after leading on a fast pace for the six-furlong event.
Returning from a summer layoff after being injured in a race at Oaklawn Park for trainer Gary Thomas, Greeley's Conquest made a strong middle move after stalking Ez Dreamer through quarter-mile splits of :21.68 and :44.14. He challenged midway on the turn and took a clear advantage in the homestretch. The 5-year-old son of Mr. Greeley then responded gamely to the challenge of Sing Baby Sing and Ravalo in the final yards. Greeley’s Conquest won in 1:08.79 over a fast track.
“He was a little fresh but if we would have let Ez Dreamer go by himself, he would have been gone,” Thomas noted. “I knew this horse could do it. He is gutsy.”
Sing Baby Sing, rallying five wide for Chris Landeros, was getting to the winner late but ran out of real estate. He edged Ravalo and Quincy Hamilton, who were within striking distance throughout, for the runner-up spot.
The grade III winner Sing Baby Sing was coming off a layoff since the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), where he ran sixth.
Away from the starting gate as the fifth choice, Greeley’s Conquest paid $15.80, $6.20 and $4.40. Sing Baby Sing returned $5.60 to place and $3.20 to show. Ravalo was $2.80 to show.
Greeley’s Conquest, owned by Millard Seldin, won his first race from three career starts at Remington Park. Bred in Kentucky by Liberation Farms and Oratis Thoroughbreds, the dark bay horse is out of the Raise a Cup mare Tipsy Girl. Greeley’s Conquest won his seventh career race from 21 starts and earned $120,000. His lifetime bankroll now sits $444,533.
"He was going easy," Theriot said. "When I got to the half-mile pole I didn’t think we could get beat. He was relaxed, Gary did a great job getting him ready.”
A race earlier on the card, Nadeshiko won the $100,000 Remington Park Filly & Mare Sprint under a rail-skimming ride by Theriot. He put the filly through a small hole on the rail as the field came out of the turn into the stretch. In doing so Nadeshiko had contact issues with the pacesetting Magdalena's Chase.
Despite the slight bumping, Theriot kept Nadeshiko busy and she responded to pull away to a one-length win. Once past Magdalena’s Chase, Nadeshiko ($6.60) had to hold off 2-1 favorite Classify, who rallied outside to gain second.
The time for the six-furlong test was 1:09.23.
Nadeshiko won her fifth career race from 18 attempts in her Remington Park debut. The Filly & Mare Sprint was worth $60,000, pushing her lifetime earnings to $242,793.
Owned by Larry Richardson of Lexington, Ky., Nadeshiko is trained by Gregory Foley. She is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Honour and Glory from the Caller I.D. mare Call Her.